rest on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rest on/upon

1 :to depend or rely on (someone or something)
  • All our hopes rested on one man.
2 :to stop moving and look at (someone or something)
  • His eyes/gaze rested on the letter.
3 :to be based on (something)
  • His theory rested upon two important pieces of evidence.

Word by Word Definitions

rest play
  1. : repose, sleep

  2. : freedom from activity or labor

  3. : a state of motionlessness or inactivity

  1. : to get rest by lying down

  2. : to lie dead

  3. : to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion

  1. : a projection or attachment on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor for supporting the butt of a lance

  1. : something that remains over : remainder

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


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